A wonderful benefit of being a member of a local plant society is the plant sales. The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon recently held Fall PlantFest where over a couple of dozen nurseries were on hand with some fine selections for sale at Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus. Let's have a look around and say hello to some familiar faces.
Cistus Nursery was the first person I encountered. It's amazing to me that this man has time to not only attend these wonderful events for gardeners but that he himself is there selling incredible plants.
Arbutus Garden Arts from southeast Portland. They always have a great selection.
Blooming Junction nursery from Cornelius, Oregon.
Contained Exuberance. He has a shop adjacent to Xera Plants' location in Southeast Portland. Definitely worth a visit for the best in containers. He also has an incredible garden design business, you can visit his website here.
Gossler Farms (also with a mail order business), Rhododendron 'Kodiak'
Sebright gardens, known for hostas and shade lovers. They too have a mail-order business.
Wild Ginger Farm from Beavercreek, Oregon.
Nowlens Bridge Perennials. Many hardy and unusual species, plus fabulous plant tags.
Secret Garden Growers out of Canby. I have purchased several fine plants from them over the years.
Out in the Garden Nursery. Another fine local nursery.
It's obvious to me that I am spoiled living where I do. All of these nurseries represented here are world-class with incredible evergreen, perennial, annual, grass, shrub, tree and tuberous plant selections. There are things here you can't find anywhere else. All of this was in one place, too.
I walked away with a Cissus incisa 'Guadalupe' from Cistus (propagated by my friend Evan of the garden blog The Practical Plant Geek and propagator at Cistus), the Graptoveria, an Athyrium petersenii fern and Geranium renardii 'Whiteknights' all from Secret Garden Growers.
I hope that all of you have such wonderful local plant societies. They are invaluable for meeting like-minded gardeners, events such as this, lectures, tour opportunities and open gardens throughout the spring and summer, also into fall.
That's it for this week at Chickadee Gardens. As always, thank you for reading and until next time, happy gardening!